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Rumors about 'Produce 101' contestant Samuel Kim being bullied turns out to be made up

By jennywill   Sunday, March 19, 2017   198,280   9,037   0
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Recently, posts about 'Produce 101' contestant Samuel Kim (also known as Punch) being bullied had worried fans.

The following two photos had spread online, claiming that Samuel was often bullied in school. The account told of how Samuel had been on the stairs carrying his textbooks, but a classmate punched him hard while making fun of his stage name 'Punch', so he had to pick everything up. If he was not present at roll call, students would say he had dropped out, and classmates would imitate and make fun of his MVs. The account further told how people even imitated and made fun of his 'Produce 101' introduction.




The post led fans to believe it was true because of the photo uploaded flipping Samuel off. However, it's turned out now that someone had made up the rumors using a photo that Samuel's friend uploaded as a joke.

The following exchange shows the friend talking to Samuel as he asks if he could upload Samuel's photo:









1: Muel.
S: What's up?
1: Can I upload a photo of you on Instagram?
S: What photo? Don't upload anything weird.
1: Nothing like that. This. *Attached photo*
S: You can't ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ If you really upload me, you'll be done for.
1: Eh? Why?
S: I'm following you, so fans will go follow you too.

The rest of the conversation is not uploaded, but it is clear that the two are friends and the photo was taken as a joke. Fans are annoyed that someone misused a photo to make up claims that Samuel Kim was bullied, but it's a relief that he is not the victim of bullying.

Will you be watching 'Produce 101' when it airs?
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Sam091094 Sunday, May 14, 2017

Just because Samuel is receiving the spotlight he deserves, people question his past. Being bullied doesn't happen once, okay? They are often hidden by the bullies and the victims.

shikey Thursday, March 23, 2017

fans would come up with fanfiction only to have their bias to shine in some way ... disgusting

The_Rose_Knows Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Has no one mentioned how damn cute he looks in that photo?

lechuga Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The real scandal here is the way that chocolate is being eaten. Nah, jk.

junxxmin Monday, March 20, 2017

In the midst of all this we see how sweet Samuel is... he didn't want his friend to get hate so he said not to upload it T^T "I'm following you so fans will follow you too" wahhhh... so thoughtful

beatz_hl Monday, March 20, 2017

This just make me feel bad for me (In the past) and that people that have been and are being bullying 

hiroonakamura Monday, March 20, 2017

so if he didnt upload the photo,,,how did the troll find it?

abbie_kpopper Monday, March 20, 2017

Thanks God he's not the one bullying....that would have been a real issue and he would been forced to leave 101 like the other one with the masturbating issue. What I can't understand is why is it even important that he was bullied? Is not like this will affect his career or he can't become an idol because he was bullied?

SkaiPSH abbie_kpopper Monday, March 20, 2017

The masterbating dude left? I thought they had to look into it?

Sunnn SkaiPSH Monday, March 20, 2017

He ended up admitting to being a bully, but made clear he wasn't the one in charge of the whole forced masturbation thing. They released an official statement like a day ago saying he left "to reflect".

SkaiPSH Sunnn Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Lame...NTC U dude was also a bully, the MAIN bully..but he is doing great now, cause people change.

Sunnn SkaiPSH Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Yeah I completely agree with you, people can change.

yoxiluro (Banned) Monday, March 20, 2017

This comment has been removed due to violation of our TOS. (Reason: spammer)

kenichi_kun Monday, March 20, 2017

it has barely been a week and the tea is already spilling everywhere im dying.

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